Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A DAY IN ALGODONES MEXICO
I'M GETTING MY TEETH BACK---LOST AND DAMAGED ONES---I WANT THEM ALL BACK---NEVER MIND THE BRIDGES AND PARTIALS--I WANT SOLID IMPLANTS. I have 4 months each year to work on the project--Dec--March. After that it's too hot to be in Yuma. Step by step I hold on to my smile.
I start here each year at this 360 degree imaging machine.
Today's project is replacing a long ago post and crown
Meet Dr Dominguez a root canal specialist who collaborates with the Rubio Dental Group.
That's Dr Rubio on the left with one of his associates. He has assembled a whole team of specialist to cover the dental spectrum---from cleaning to dentures to high tech titanium implants. On some days I have had as many as 6 of his team members work on me.
Dr Rubio specializes in implants and other difficult proceedures.
The central number for all the associates is 928-255-0897(US)
One of his offices.
Today I have a 2 hour wait while a post is being made---so I'll take you with me and show what grabs my attention.
The busiest square in town is always alive with music---this guy playing the pan flute---beautiful.
Lots of these, carved of Ironwood----the ivory of the Sonoran desert. A wood so hard and dense that it will not float---it is slow growing and getting rare--just like ivory.
I visit a bakery and surprise---this lady is an American citizen who emigrated to Mexico when she married a local guy.
Here's another surprise I didn't see coming. Seemingly just another street vender. When I saw the surprise, I retook her pict to let you experience it as I did: head on and then------
Like this: She's walking the streets with her baby sound asleep on her back. Is this a tragedy? Yes---and every one of us is responsible for ending it.
The infamous green door. (remember the song?) I've been in there---a loud, sleezy, bar with what appeared to me to be prostitutes. No thanks!
You'd never guess what happened here: This small ditch is a tiny remnant of a giant flood in 1904/05. The Colorado River broke through its barriers---created a new river and a new sea---The Salton sea. Here's the picts:
Walking on--I spot what I guess are fighting birds.
This struck me too--the meeting place for Narcotics anonymous.
Then I moved to the edge of the city ---saw this
And this---that's a man sleeping there---his doggie companions patiently waiting.
Of course I engage him---It's what I do. He sits up and chats with me---I can speak a bit of spanish. He was amazingly friendly and open--and unashamed of his circumstance. It was as though I bestirred a friendly farmer on his front porch. I asked no embarassing questions---we chatted about funny things and told him I wanted to buy him coffee---gave him two bucks. He melted my heart with his simple presence.
I loved him---and I won't forget him. If I were Wayne Wirs (http://waynewirs.com/ I might believe this was an angel sent to show me PRESENCE.
I got my post installed---and a temporary tooth and head home. The crown will be ready in a few days. This is the line of folks re-entering the US. Not a terrible wait--this one-- 32 minutes.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Mexico is a sink-or-swim economy. It will break your heart to see little kids, grown men and old ladies walking long hours selling trinkets to earn a mere pittance. It is not a decent life nor a worthy use of human time. I cross the border hating capitalism on both sides. Given the state of our technology---no one on this planet should be hungry or unclothed or unhoused---or uneducated---or unchallenged with worthy aims. And no one should work for a pittance. It demeans humanity as a whole that we tolerate such cruel inequity. I pledge to give my best thought to this subject.